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The Efficiency Expert (1992)

Spotswood (original title)
An expert on productivity shows wacky workers in 1966 Australia how to run their moccasin factory like clockwork, despite laying off more than half the workforce.

Director:

Mark Joffe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Errol Wallace
Ben Mendelsohn ... Carey
Alwyn Kurts Alwyn Kurts ... Mr. Ball
Bruno Lawrence ... Robert, Carey's Father
John Walton John Walton ... Jerry Finn
Rebecca Rigg ... Cheryl Ball
Toni Collette ... Wendy Robinson
Russell Crowe ... Kim Barry
Angela Punch McGregor Angela Punch McGregor ... Caroline Wallace
Dan Wyllie ... Frank Fletcher
John Flaus ... Gordon
Gary Adams Gary Adams ... Kevin
Jeff Truman ... Ron
Toni Lamond Toni Lamond ... Mrs. Lorna Ball
Jillian Murray Jillian Murray ... Ophelia, Carey's Mom (as Jillian Murray)
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Storyline

Wallace is an efficiency expert, managing the high-profile downsizing of a major auto parts factory. But when he is hired to evaluate a small moccasin factory which seems from another era, Wallace has to reconsider the rapid modernization he advocates, as he is confronted by the human faces such plans hurt. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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An everyday story about loyalty, betrayal, lust and footwear. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and brief mild violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Efficiency Expert See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$101,307
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film has also been released under the title "Spotswood", the name of the Melbourne suburb in which the film is set. See more »

Goofs

When the Anthony Hopkins character shows his wife the trophy he won at the slot car race, you can clearly see the tape on the rug that marks her spot in the shot. See more »

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First Title Card: The 1960s in Australia were a period of great upheaval, followed by downheaval and, eventually, heaval. Presiding over this indecision were great experts such as Errol Wallace and Jerry Finn. They were efficiency consultants.
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The 1960s in Australia were a period of great upheaval, followed by downheaval and, eventually, heaval. Presiding over this indecision were great experts such as Errol Wallace and Jerry Finn. They were efficiency consultants. See more »

Connections

Features My Name's McGooley, What's Yours? (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Sick and Tired
Written by Chris Kenner (as Kenner) and David Bartholomew (as Bartholomew)
Performed by Billy Thorpe
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A gentle film
2 August 1999 | by jenjen-7See all my reviews

This film shows us a slice of Australian work life as globalisation takes over. The workers in a small shoe factory, having grown up with the "job for life" paradigm, are examined by an efficiency expert called in by the boss, a man who wants to "modernise" without cutting staff.

Many well-known Australian actors appear in this film. It is a gentle and sympathetic look at the effects of economic change. The film also has comic moments where adolescent boys try to ask out a good-looking girl without much success.

This film is not a "must-see", but it passes the time acceptably.


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